Improve your account security on Amazon by setting up two-factor authentication.

Two-factor authentication adds an extra factor (a generated code, in this case) to your Amazon login process, so even if your account's password is somehow discovered, your account stays locked without the code. It's a good idea to get two-factor authentication locked and loaded on any account that offers it. Amazon offers two types of two-factor authentication: You can either receive a text message containing a two-factor code or you can use an authenticator app to generate two-factor codes for you.

Follow along to learn the ins and outs of setting up two-factor authentication for your Amazon account.

How to set up SMS-based two-factor authentication

If you'd prefer to receive your two-factor authentication codes via text message, you'll want to use this method. Keep in mind you'll need a second phone number or an authentication app if you use this method — Amazon requires a backup authentication method in the event your primary method is unavailable.

  1. Visit the Amazon Website and log in to your account.
  2. Hover over Account & Lists in the upper right portion of the site.
  3. Click Your Account.
  4. Click Login & Security Settings in the Settings section.

  5. Click Edit next to the Advanced Security Settings section.

    Note: Here is a direct link to your Advanced Security Settings if you want to skip some clicking.

  6. Click Get Started to begin setting up two-factor authentication.
  7. Enter your phone number and click Send code.

  8. Enter the two-factor authentication code and click Verify code and continue.
  9. Choose a backup method by entering a different phone number or using an Authenticator App.
  10. Click Got it. Turn on Two-Step Verification after reading about Amazon's alternate sign-in method.

How to set up two-factor authentication with an authenticator app

If you'd prefer to get your two-factor authentication codes from an authenticator app, like Google Authenticator or Authy, you'll want to use this method. Keep in mind you'll also need to enter a phone number if you use this method — Amazon requires a backup authentication method in the event your primary method is unavailable.

  1. Visit the Amazon Website and log in to your account.
  2. Hover over Account & Lists in the top right portion of the site.
  3. Click Your Account.
  4. Click Login & Security Settings in the Settings section.

  5. Click Edit next to the Advanced Security Settings section.

    Note: Here is a direct link to your Advanced Security Settings if you want to skip some clicking.

  6. Click Get Started to begin setting up Two-Step Verification.
  7. Click on the radio button (looks like a circle) next to Authenticator App.
  8. Scan the QR code with your Authenticator App. (I use 1Password to generate my two-factor authentication codes.)
  9. Enter the two-factor authentication code generated by your Authenticator App.
  10. Click Verify code and continue.

  11. Choose a backup method by entering a phone number.
  12. Click Got it. Turn on Two-Step Verification after reading about Amazon's alternate sign-in method.

How to disable two-factor authentication

If you decide you no longer want to use two-factor authentication on your account, you can disable it.

  1. Visit the Amazon Website and log in to your account.
  2. Hover over Account & Lists in the top right portion of the site.
  3. Click Your Account.
  4. Click Login & Security Settings in the Settings section.

  5. Click Edit next to the Advanced Security Settings section.

    Note: Here is a direct link to your Advanced Security Settings if you want to skip some clicking.

  6. Click Disable.
  7. Click Disable to confirm.

Questions?

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